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Poll: Federal
Marriage Amendment not a priority for Americans

Poll: Federal
Marriage Amendment not a priority for Americans

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Although senators Bill Frist and Rick Santorum have vowed to bring the Federal Marriage Amendment to a Senate vote the first week of June, a new poll shows that Americans don't think the issue should be a priority.

Although U.S. senators Bill Frist and Rick Santorum have vowed to bring the Federal Marriage Amendment to a Senate vote the first week of June, a new poll shows that Americans don't think the issue should be a priority. The poll, conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the Human Rights Campaign, shows that an amendment outlawing same-sex marriage ranks last on a list of priorities for Congress, after such issues as affordable health care, Iraq, new ethics and lobbying laws, and even an amendment banning flag burning. "The Federal Marriage Amendment does not rank on the list of voters' priorities anywhere near where one might expect," Samantha Smoot, political director for HRC, said at a press conference Monday. "As far as it's a political ploy, it doesn't seem so far to be distracting the American public." The poll also showed that regardless of how respondents felt about same-sex marriage, 63% of them said they have strong or some concerns about amending the Constitution over the issue. And although the U.S. Catholic Church has recently stepped up its support for the Federal Marriage Amendment, initiating a write-in postcard campaign for its parishioners, 69% of Catholic respondents said they were concerned about the amendment. And while 53% of respondents favor banning same-sex marriage, only 43% favor banning both marriage and civil unions for gay couples, which the proposed amendment would do. The survey showed that support for civil unions has grown by four percentage points since 2004 to 40%, while support for marriage equality declined two points to 25%. The survey polled 802 registered voters nationwide in April. It has a margin of error of 3.5%. (The Advocate)

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